The top actors of Southern film industry have various hits to their credit but some of them don’t mind to act in guest roles in the film in which another actor is the lead hero. Some such roles had great impact in the progress of the film. Now let’s see some of the top actors of Tamil cinema who have shown cameo appearances in Tamil films. Some did extended cameos while some appeared in very brief scenes.
Magalir Mattum was a great success of 1994 due to its rip-roaring comedy element. The American film 9 to 5 was remade as Magalir Mattum in Tamil and was directed by Singeetham Srinivasa Rao. The film had an ensemble cast of Revathy, Urvashi, Rohini, Nasser etc. The story talks about three women of different nature who are employed in a fashion export company. How they put a fullstop to the flirting behavior of their boss form the rest of the story.
Kamal Haasan did a significant cameo as the MD of the fashion designing company and was appealing as usual in his brief appearance. The movie was produced under the banner of Rajkamal International.
The movie Pasanga 2, which was released in 2015, dealt with the problems that children face while growing up. The film had child artists Vaishnavi and Nishesh playing the pivotal roles. The movie was under the production banner of Suriya, 2D Entertainment and was directed by Pandiraj. Suriya took up the role of Dr. Tamizh Naadan in this film and had an extended cameo appearance.
Amala Paul too did a cameo role in this film and did a good job. Suriya’s way of communicating with the children won the hearts of the audiences and the movie was a good earner at the box office.
Siva Manasula Sakthi
This is another film which became a success at the box office. This film, released in 2009, was a comic drama and had the main characters Anuya and Jiiva make each other believe that they are working as air hostess and army officer respectively. The movie, which was directed by Rajesh, had lot of comic elements. Arya is the surprise element of the movie and he adds the required entertainment quotient in his brief role.
Pithamagan has the trademark grim elements of a Bala film. It had Vikram playing the utterly despaired person who grows up in not so favorable circumstances. However, he has a human touch in his otherwise anima-like character. Suriya added the comic element to the film while Laila and Sangeetha ably supported. Initially Simran was approached to the role of Sangeetha but owing to her wedding commitment she didn’t take up the role; however she played a cameo of herself in the film. She appeared in a song along with Suriya, which went on to become a great hit.
Released in 2008, Kuselan is the remake of the Malayalam venture
Kadha Parayumbol. It had Meena and Pasupathy in pivotal roles. The story focuses on a villager who had an intense friendship with a famous celebrity down south. The celebrity role was played by Rajinikanth and it was an extended cameo. Rajinikanth’s performance was the icing of the cake and he effortlessly pulled off the role of a very popular celebrity.
Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen
This film was released in 1998 and directed by Vikraman. The movie revolves around the life of a person who turns a good auto driver from a robber due to a person whom he loves. Roja and Karthik played the lead roles. Ajith had a cameo appearance as the fiancé of Roja and he gave a restrained performance thereby stealing our hearts. The movie did good business at the box office.
Nee Varuvai Ena
This film was directed by Rajakumaran and was released in 1999. The movie starred Devayani and Parthiban in the lead roles. The movie tells about the life of Parthiban who loses several brides, and dreams of getting married. How his meeting with Devayani changes his outlook towards love forms the rest of the story.
Ajith Kumar did a guest appearance as the fiancé of Devayani and mesmerized us with his onscreen charisma.
The Hindi movie English Vinglish, starring Sridevi, was released in 2012. This is the comeback film of Sridevi after 15 years break and was re-filmed in Tamil. The movie centers on a homemaker who joins an English speaking course so that she can put a fullstop to the sarcasm of her daughter and husband. Sridevi gave an earnest performance in this directorial venture of
Gauri Shinde. The movie received both commercial and critical acclaim. The surprise package of the movie was Ajith Kumar who motivates Sridevi with his inspirational message during her journey on a plane.
Alaipayudhey is the directorial venture of Maniratnam and was released in 2000. This film was the debut movie of Madhavan who played the lead role with
Shalini Ajith Kumar playing the female lead. The movie was a romantic film with the right amount of subtlety. It dealt with the stresses of wedded life. Khushboo and
Arvind Swamy played guest appearances; Khushboo plays the role of a woman who hits the car on Shalini inadvertently. Arvind Swamy essayed the role of her husband. They both did their roles with utter conviction. The film Alaipayuthey was both a commercial and critical success.
Oru Kal Oru Kannadi
This film directed by M Rajesh of Siva Manasula Sakthi fame was the debut film of
Hansika Motwani was the lead heroine of the movie and Santhanam took care of the comedy element. The movie was an outright comedy and was a great success at the box office; it also received rave reviews. It is the story of a guy who falls for a girl but the girl takes long time to decide whether he is the perfect match for her. Arya does a guest appearance in this film which went on to become a great success at the box office.